Paris designers still write the final book on fashion and for fall they have colored it bright. You can boycott the broad shoulders, escape the shapes, even skip the indented hemline, but you can't avoid the nearly flourescent bright colors that will touch many of the clothes we wear.
The color is clear, even if it is not easily identifiable. A particular shade of azalea, a teal green, some zingy shades that verge on Day-glo. And then all the jewel tones. Even gray, when in the hands of Karl Lagerfeld, looks like a bright new shade.
Sometimes designers choose one brilliant burst of color for a coat or dress, often repeated in bright color pumps.
Tartans build from a fresh color range, usually in combinations that never occurred before. Colors that once were considered to "fight" each other - red-orange, pink-purple, for example, now meet and meld for a good match. Nearmiss colors pair well together.
Sometimes designers slash a bright color across black or gray. Other times they build blocks of two colors or three. Whatever the combination, it colors your view of fall fashion. CAPTION: Illustration, no caption, Illustration by Susan Davis/photograh by Bill Snead; Picture 1, Color blocks in silk from Claude Montana; Picture 2, A shaft of color and shimmer from Hubert de Givenchy; Picture 3, The tartan plaid from a modern palette by Marc Bohan for Dior; Picture 4, Day-glo color slashes on skinny knit tubes by Thierry Mugler; Picture 5, White laquered jacquard in Chinese shapes by Yves Saint Laurent; Picture 6, Karl Lagerfeld's croissant-shaped sleeve coat for Chloe, Photographs by Joshus Greene/Transworld for The Washington Post